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Paris Police Department Adult Arrests – July 2, 2012

Lashell Lee Fisher, 33, Criminal Nonsupport

Patricia Lynn Gaffney, 32, Assault

Nicholas Eugene Weist, 28, Failure to Appear Non Traffic, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility

Obituaries Tuesday July 3, 2012

Rodger “Keith” Bailey, 65, of Reno, TX, died at 10:10 a.m.,  Friday, June 22, 2012, at Paris Regional Medical Center North.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9, at Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, TX.  Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Patrick Cannon officiating.  Burial will be in East Post Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Bailey was born in Paris, TX, on October 10, 1946.  He was the son of the late T. Reginald Bailey and O. Louise (Smith) Bailey.

He graduated from Monahans High School in 1965, as a baseball player, football player, and french horn player in the band.  He won a scholarship to Paris Junior College, where he played baseball from 1965-1967.  He graduated in 1971 from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Keith impacted many lives, through his years as a professional counselor.  He had a knack for making people laugh and always enjoyed a good philosophical discussion or debate.  He took pleasure in listening to, singing, and playing (on the piano) all types of music.  He loved spending time working in the yard and playing with his dog Zeke.  He was looking forward to spending time with his first grandson.

Mr. Bailey is survived by one son, Aaron R. Bailey of Plano, TX; one daughter, Adrienne E. (Bailey) Payton of Wylie, TX; and one grandson, Austin R. Payton of Wylie, TX.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Smith Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Keith Bailey Memorial Scholarship Endowment c/o Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation, 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460.

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Minding other people’s business

For the last year, Fred Green has made it his business to mind other people’s business. It’s what the Red River Region Business Incubator is all about.

“We’ve come a long way – not as far as I wanted to. We’re meeting our objectives on a limited scale. We’ve got to redouble our efforts and raise the bar,” said Green, the R3bi director. “Identify and train entrepreneurs in Paris, Texas, to create sustainable businesses – that’s our mission in life.”

Identifying those entrepreneurs can be  tricky at times. It’s not like people always wave signs saying they’re staring a new business.

“I know there are a hundred people in Paris who either have tried to start a business or want to start a business,” Green said. “I can help them, but I can’t walk down the street and read their minds.”

Lamar County has seen more than 254 new businesses start up in the last year. That’s at least one every working day of the year. Statistics say that only 20 percent – around 51 – of those will still be open in five years.

“The industry statistics of business incubator graduates is around 88 percent survive,” Green said. “So if all these businesses had the benefit of an incubator, 224 would survive.”

In the nine-county region Paris Economic Development Corp. focuses on, 1,508 businesses have been started. That means around 302 would survive on their own, while 1,327 could make it with an incubator’s help.

That’s crucial because of the economic impact those small businesses have. The Small Business Association says they account for around 65 percent of the jobs in the United States.

R3bi opened its doors at 1445 Clarksville St. in May 2011 with two tenants, Jazzy Frog Web Design and Bodyguard Truck Accessories. Bodyguard has since “graduated,” and Jazzy Frog is not far behind, Green said.

“Once we have done all we can do, then it’s time for that individual to go out in the real world and do what we taught them,” he said. “That’s how we operate. We find where they’re deficient, and we fix it.”

PEDC actually had plans for an incubator for several years. The corporation worked with Paris Junior College and the Small Business Development Center to put a plan together. By the time Steve Gilbert took over as director in 2010, the idea had started gaining more momentum. By 2011, Red River Region Business Incubator had a site and a director.

The incubator maintains a separate board of directors, but it’s still connected to PEDC. Green is a contract employee, and a substantial part of the incubator’s funding comes from the economic development corporation.

Other sources of funding include grants and corporate sponsorships, although business donations have dropped quite a bit in the last year – not just in the amount they give, but also in the number of businesses willing to donate to the incubator.

“I am really struggling with what I need to do to raise the contributions to where they were in 2011,” Green said. “When I get this month’s commitments, I’ll have around half of what I had last year.”

In the businesses that it helps, R3bi actually has two kinds of tenants. One group is residents who actually have office space in the incubators. The other is what is known as a virtual tenant, one who needs help from the incubator but doesn’t need office space or won’t fit. There are currently two virtual tenants, NIE Success and a retail store

Other businesses operating at R3bi include On Time Van Service and Extreme Med Ed, which brings continuing education for medical professionals in rural areas. Green said there are other applications in the works, with two likely to be accepted by next month.

R3bi has instituted a pre-qualifying application to help speed the process up. The pre-application also helps to determine if a particular business is a good candidate for the incubator: Is the idea feasible? Does it fit into the incubator’s environment? Can the business owner’s needs be met there? If so, an application is filed and reviewed by the board. The board can accept an application, reject it outright or reject it with some instructions to help get accepted.

R3bi works with the entrepreneur, often using SBDC resources, to develop things like a cash flow analysis, business plan and funding sources – such as a revolving loan fund R3bi has through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to help with startup costs.

It’s not just completely new ideas, either. The incubator is also set up to help struggling businesses.

Although R3bi does get some walk-ins, banks are a major source of referrals to the incubator, as is the SBDC. Sometimes it’s both. One recent applicant went to the SBDC, who sent him to a bank, who directed him to R3bi.

No two tenants have the same experience. Some need more guidance, like a supervisor, while others just need a nudge in the right direction. What works with one might fail spectacularly with another, which is why each one requires a unique plan. The entrepreneur and one of R3bi’s mentors sit down to formulate specific goals, and will review the company’s progress at least once a week.

“We take an applicant,” Green said. “We identify the limitations that will keep the individual from having a business that will be here 10 years from now.”

Entrepreneurism is a mindset, Green said, while entrepreneurship is a process.

“We teach entrepreneurism. We give the entrepreneur the skills for entrepreneurship,” he said. “We try to create the mindset of an entrepreneur, but we also give them the skills.”

Police release names of victim and shooter in recent shooting death

*Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParisExtra!

In reference to a shooting – that resulted in the death of one man – that occurred just after 5pm on Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Paris Police Department has released the names of both the shooter and the victim.

The shooting took place in the 2800 block of Willow Bend Dr. and resulted in the death of 29-year-old Paris resident, Charles William Jones, according to Paris Police Department Information Officer, Curtis Garrett.

Officer Garrett has informed us that a Mr. Randy Bunch of Paris, who confessed to being involved in the shooting, was taken in for questions and released thereafter for the grand jury to consider the case.

The events surrounding the incident will remain under investigation, but it is known that a disturbance involving Mr. Bunch’s daughter led to the shooting.

In a statement made by an acquaintance of the shooter, it is understood that a protective order had been placed against the 29-year-old, Charles William Jones, who was supposedly the boyfriend of Mr. Bunch’s daughter.  It is alleged that Jones had spoken to Mr. Bunch on the telephone earlier on Sunday and had been warned to stay away.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 1st, shortly after the shooting, the Extra posted an article releasing information of the shooting but released no names.  To view this article, click the link below.

Man killed by Paris resident with a single gunshot wound to the chest